Livia Adia Budrys, AM, LCSW, SEP

Livia Adia Budrys is a thought leader on the integration of neurobiology, somatics, yoga and psychotherapy practices in the healing of addiction, eating and mood disorders and the often underlying acute and chronic traumatization. She is a registered and licensed clinical social worker holding a Masters of Social Service and Administration from the University of Chicago. Livia is clinically trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Change Therapy (ACT), Somatic Experiencing (SE), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy- Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE), Exposure and Responsive Prevention Therapy (ERP) and feminist, anti-oppressive psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Livia completed a two-year residency at the Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy where in 1999 she was initiated into the tradition of the Himalayan Masters. She completed her 200-hour yoga training in 2002, 500-hour training in 2008 and over a decade of advanced and therapeutic Yoga certifications. She completed the three-year training as a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and became a Reiki Master in 1998. She is also influenced by the mindfulness trainings that she has received from Vietnamese Zen Monk, Thich Nhat Hanh.

Livia has been dedicated to bringing body-centered practices to non-traditional settings. She has worked to educate healthcare administrators on the benefits of yoga for co-occurring disorders and has successfully implemented therapeutic programs, trainings and protocols that utilizes cutting-edge treatment. She presents and lectures nationally on the use of body-centered interventions in the treatment of mental illness and the effects of trauma. 

She is also committed to system change work that brings trauma-informed care from just a buzz word into organizational action. She sees our relationship health to self and others as having an impact on the greater system’s capacity towards wellbeing. In her most recent position as a Director of Trauma Services for Insight Behavioral Health Centers, she initiated a Trauma-Informed change process and consulted on trauma services. She also has served in several other clinical leadership roles including; Clinical Director for Eating Recovery Centers, Program Manager of a Partial Hospitalization Program for Mood Disorders and Trauma as well as a Clinical Manager for an Intensive Outpatient Program for Eating Disorders.

Livia has been featured in Yoga International Magazine, Yoga Chicago, Yoga Digest and is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, National Association of Social Workers, International Association of Yoga Therapists, International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

Research and Professional Interests:

• Macro and micro analysis of trauma-informed systems and change process development. Intergenerational trauma transmission in refugee survivors and resiliency factors.

• Integration of biological regulation models with ecological model for organizational wellbeing.

• Power dynamics in the helper and helped relationship and collaborative direct service models.

• The effects of nervous system self-regulation in the group-psychotherapy dynamic.